Sadie Nardini’s new DVDs: Giveaway.

Via Nancy Alder
on Dec 10, 2010
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Being able to practice to a DVD at home can be a real gift to the yogi who cannot make it to a regular class.  So it’s not surprising that one of the most common questions I get as a yoga teacher is “what DVDs do you recommend for a home practice?”  I tend to give a standard answer that involves something like, try some of the offerings available first via a rental service like Netflix or the library to see what works for you before investing in one.  I often find DVDs distracting and will end up sitting back and watching the video to see what the instructor is doing.  They become a “watch what I do not do what I do” experience for me.

An exception to this experience is watching the DVDs of Sadie Nardini.  A caveat of course is that she is one of my main teachers so I am partial to her method of teaching.  Sadie’s DVDs are very easy to follow and I find that I can get out of my head and back into my body.  So I was thrilled when she told me that her two latest DVDs were released last month on Amazon.

These two new DVDs offer a combination of either longer or shorter practices with lots of focus on core work and alignment.  Sadie demonstrates and leads the practice from atop a beautiful mesa in Sedona, AZ surrounded by red rock that nearly matches her fiery red hair.  Viewers will find a great blend of her funkiness (Charlie’s Angel Mudra) and her strong basis in anatomy (“lift that golden egg, the pelvic diaphragm”).  Her language is clear and links breath and movement while at the same time offering both a vigorous and/or modified practice.    There is something for everyone is this set of videos.

I am so excited to have the chance to share Sadie’s awesome teaching with a giveaway here at Elephant Journal.  You have a chance to win a set of Sadie’s latest DVDs (30-Minute Total Belly Transformation : Whole Body Tone + Deeper Core Strength and Total Body Yoga Sculpt: Calorie Burn + Deeper Core Strength!) and here’s how:

1)    “Like” both Elephant Journal and Sadie Nardini’s Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga on Facebook.

2)    Post a comment answering the question:  “How do you stay true to your core during the chaos of the holidays?”

Winners will be decided and announced here on Elephant Journal and Sadie’s Facebook page on Dec 20th.


About Nancy Alder

Nancy Alder is a 200H Registered Yoga Teacher in Connecticut. She teaches her students to connect with space and breath from a place of safety and humor. She writes for many yoga blogs and chronicles her daily practice to find the beginners mind on and off the mat at her own blog, She is co-founder of Teachasana,, a site by yoga teachers for yoga teachers. When not writing or doing yoga she is in awe of her elves, busting asanas in crazy places and counting the days until the next snowfall.


23 Responses to “Sadie Nardini’s new DVDs: Giveaway.”

  1. Lynn says:

    I just stay true to "my whole self" during the feeding and drinking frenzies, that are at every turn during the holidays, by sprinkling a little extra love or "core consciousness” when setting my daily intention. Almost everything is good in moderation, but nothing is worth getting out of practice over, not even rum balls and/or Aunt Betty’s eggnog. When visiting family out of town, I always take my mat. I set the intention to practice each day, at least meditation, before I ever hit the road. It’s simply mindset and will; loving yourself enough to “stay” in the flow regardless of what the calendar says.

    Lynn "Vinata" Henderson

  2. KrisR says:

    I stay true to my core by not participating or limiting my participation in the festivities and craziness of Christmas and New Years. This limited participation allows me the time to continue doing what I do eat day…eat healthy, meditate, move my body.

    This year I announced mid-year that I wouldn't be participating in present exchange. With a few people, it went over like a lead balloon but most were relieved. Ultimately, it felt like the right thing to do and fits in with my minimalist perspective.

    I seriously don't miss the holiday hoopla… feels so freeing to just let it pass in front of me without feeling the need to participate.

  3. Laurie Beth Nichols says:

    All I need to stay true to my core is a lot of breathing and a lot of remembering what is good. When my sense of kindness and goodness gets lost – that is when my core – and my heart – suffer.

  4. Nikki Arel says:

    Staying true to my core during the holidays is no easier or more challenging than any other time of year. I am blessed to have a career I love Licensed Massage Therapist, Thai Massage Therapist, Massage Instructor, and Yoga Instructor) and clients who pay me to work on them! What a blessing 🙂

    But what I work to do, day in and day out, is to honour my SELF-CARE!!!!! I prefer to get up before the rest of the house and perform my Wai Khru, do my yoga and get some sweat in (run, cardio, weights,etc) before I need to be 'on' and taking care of life and those I love.

    Metta and Peace …… 🙂

  5. lorianna b says:

    i stay true to my core during the holidays by taking my yoga everywhere, anyway i can: standing in line, mixing cookie dough and sitting in frog while wrapping presents – it brings me back to my body and keeps me from over indulging at holiday parties or in general. i also practicing a lot of understanding and compassion and keep calm with my breath.

  6. DawnMarie Versluys says:

    I have already liked Sadie for quite a while now. This will be my first yogish holiday season so I don't know. I think I will bookmark this page to refer to. Already GREAT ideas posted.

  7. Maggie says:

    I stay true to my core during the holidays by remembering to be grateful for all that is good in my life and not trying to be perfect. It is about being centered, in the moment and celebrating the joy of the season.

  8. Lorraine says:

    Staying true to yourself is a minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year intention. As a fitness trainer & yoga instructor you have to practice what you preach so I have constant reminders of what happens if you do not stay true to yourself (from others who seek out advice b/c they are off track) ~ no matter the time of year. It's OK to 'indulge' in some excess (whether it be holiday stress or anything else) as long as you are in the moment and don't get carried away. Always begin mindful of your intention for life are and bringing yourself back to it allows you to decipher what to participate in and what to let go and this will keep you centered daily. If you can do this you are achieving Ahimsa for yourself and therefore will extend to others around you as well.

  9. Tracy says:

    This year during the holidays I am slowing down. Even though I am doing the Holidayasana challenge on which has me going to 20 yoga classes this month (in addition to the ones I teach) I am reminded how important it is for me to be gentle with myself. Instead of rockin’ my handstand everyday, if been doing more with my breath. This is helping me realize that I have nothing to prove, I can just BE. Having nothing to prove helps with all the social events as well! Thanks to Sadie and Elephant journal!

  10. Maria Laura says:

    I stay true to my core self by meditating. The whole universe surrenders to the power of a mind at ease. And even though Holidays seem like an out of this world stress rollercoaster, they are no exception to a mind/heart/body that is balanced.It spreads out like a beautiful lotus flower.

    Thanks Sadie/Elephant Journal
    M.Laura, Argentine Yogini in neverending training

  11. Barbara says:

    I've "liked" both The Elephant and Sadie on Facebook.
    To stay true to my core, on a daily basis I try to be kind to others and kind to myself. By treating others as I would like to treated sets loose good karma that hopefully comes full circle. I also strive to pay it forward.. even if it's something simple as bringing in someones shopping cart from the parking lot so they don't have to make the walk back to the cart storage.

  12. Nancy A says:

    Wonderful ways to stay true to your core! Thanks for the entries

  13. Suzi says:

    I stay true to my core by not trying to turn things I'm passionate about "off" but by turning what's important at that moment "on". I LOVE my work and my yoga practice so I have never been able to turn those "off". But I have learned to be present to my family by turning that moment "on". For me, being present is allowing the things that make me an authentic version of myself to remain a rumble in the background while allowing what is truly important in the moment to take center stage.

  14. Rochelle says:

    Staying true to the core – breathe in deep and be thankful that I can – go outside and feel the cold air on my skin reminding me I am alive and feel my connection to the energy of mother nature. Sometimes we forget what is "real". Seeing nature, animals, the weather all are things that are real – all else is optional. I do what I can to be present to that – stay connected to that and find even just the littlest thing to be grateful for.

  15. Belinda says:

    During my pregnancy I was on pelvic rest most of the time and bed rest towards the end. Not allowed to exercise at all. Despite all the precautions I still had to give birth to a premature baby at only 29weeks gestation. She is currently in the NICU and will probably be discharged around her due date in January.

    I'm still recovering from that experience physically and mentally. How do I stay true to my core? By letting go. I had to accept early on that this pregnancy was not going to be the experience I had hoped it would be. I had to learn not to focus on what could have been but to instead cherish each precious moment in itself. Each day when I visit my little one in the hospital I make sure to really "be there". Present, whole and alive. My baby deserves at least that.

  16. melita says:

    by taking time each day for myself. even if it's only 10-15 minutes of yoga & meditation. i adore sadie & would love to win this dvd! love elephant journal too! happy holidays! hugs & namaste

  17. Claire says:

    I have "liked" Sadie and EJ on Facebook for a long time now (and would LOVE to try her new DVD!) – as far as staying true to my core, I find it to be a constant but incredibly worthwhile struggle. Connecting to my core – maybe from just a few situps as I brush my teeth, or from taking a moment to close my eyes and ask my "gut" what it has to say – is incredibly important to me as it keeps me on track with my deepest values and dreams.

  18. Amy says:

    Among the midst of busy holiday preparations and gatherings, yoga is my balance.

  19. Kai says:

    I followed my dreams to a different country, far from family drama. I remember to stay true to myself year-round.

  20. I stay true to my core because everyday is a holiday.

  21. Nancy A says:

    CONGRATS!! to DawnMarie… You have won the DVDs… I randomly generated a winner using this online program ( and DawnMarie's name was chosen. Please email me at with your address and we'll get those DVDs out to you!

    Thanks all for entering and stay true to your core

  22. Nancy A says:

    Congrats! you are the winner.. let us know how to send you the DVDs. you can email me at

  23. Jack says:

    My wife will definitely like these DVDs. She recently started doing yoga. I am afraid it is turning into some kind of obsession.LOL